We need to talk about the blockchain, folks. Because it will change everything. And there are so few people that understand what it is and where the opportunities lie that the ones who do have a huge edge. You want...Read More
(want to go straight to the paper? here is the pdf and the google doc) Aid funding has a few fundamental problems that are inherent in traditional delivery models. These problems are shared by impact investment a well as any other approaches that rely...Read More
Transparency and visibility in development is a big deal. And so it should be. Ca. 150 billion USD are spent on aid/ development projects every year globally. Most of this money is public money — taxpayer’s hard earned cash — and much of this money...Read More
The theory behind social impact bonds is pretty straight forward: Investors provide upfront money for development/ social programs, based on an informed assumption/ risk that these programs will achieve certain outcomes/ milestones. If these outcomes are met, an underwriter (traditional donor...Read More
For a more detailed explanation see this post. You can also download the pdf version of this infographic here.
There is a lot of excitement around Unconditional Direct Cash Transfers (UDCT). Has been for a while, actually. The idea is simple: transfer cash to people directly, instead of funding large incumbents who, more often than not, do not reach the intended impact...Read More
Here is a fact: Informal economies are the rule, not the exception. Have a look at these two graphs - they show total transactions by retail channels per country (Sub-Saharan Africa only). The first one shows transactions across all retail sectors...Read More